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Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

10-26-2011 02:22 AM by DylanC | 4 comments »

From the Stanley Website: Ideal for planing end grain and plastic materials 12-920 block plane has a fully adjustable cutter resting at 21° Gray, cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and bottom Finger grips machined into sides make single-handed use easy Hardened, tempered steel gives precision-ground cutter edge durability Cutter adjusts for depth and alignment, offering precise control Durable epoxy coating for long-lasting protection Quick-release cam-lock m...

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Quality of the past is long gone.

Quality of the past is long gone.

10-04-2011 06:46 PM by Lotidus | 12 comments »

I have noticed that more often the brand names of tool I have trusted over the years have slacked on the quality they produce. In particular the Stanley FatMax coping saw. I had extreme faith in this tool at first mostly because of the Stanley name. I have owned the tool for about a year and used at most four to five times so it was in relatively new condition. I was using the tool to cut out a curved section on a chair leg. The stock was about 2” thick. I got through the first two leg...

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A laser level for woodworking and more

A laser level for woodworking and more

06-22-2011 07:29 AM by devann | 4 comments »

This is a review for one of my favorite levels that I use for some of my woodworking endeavors. I have many levels. I own about every type level made except for a Libella and I’ve been wanting to build a few of those to sell to some friends for their offices but haven’t gotten around to it. This level is the Stanley model 77-153 cross line level. It is an indoor use level that I find quite handy for cabinet setting, interior trim, general layout, and even tool setup in the shop so...

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A Stanley Sweetheart surprise!!

A Stanley Sweetheart surprise!!

05-15-2011 10:58 PM by poopiekat | 12 comments »

Here on the prairies, good lumber and tools can be hard to get your hands on. At a local flea market today, I nabbed an absolutely beautiful, brand new Stanley Sweetheart #4 plane! Still in the box, it still had its wax paper wrapping and plastic bag. Wow! This #4 has a huge, 1/8” thick blade, and an adjustable mouth! And the sweetheart logo is the cherry on top of this great find. Incredibly, this plane was mine for $90, and in Canada the usual list price on these babies is $189-...

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No Longer In Search Of... Stanley 750 SW Chisels!

No Longer In Search Of... Stanley 750 SW Chisels!

04-06-2011 10:49 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 45 comments »

Stanley 750 “SW” Chisels Not the easiest things to purchase by any stretch (see In Search of blog entry here – http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/22223), but now these tools are in hand. If this review is entertaining, great. If you’re interested in what to expect from a purchase of Stanley SW 750s, continue reading. If it’s a side-by-side comparison with Lie-Nielsen, Ashley-Iles or 2 Cherries that the reader is after, frustration awaits. I’ll start with a disclaimer t...

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Stanley 55-099 Fat Max Xtreme Fubar

Stanley 55-099 Fat Max Xtreme Fubar

02-10-2011 12:18 AM by christopheralan | 2 comments »

This is the monster Stanley 55-099 Fat Max Xtreme Fubar. Being a recent addition to my hammer arsenal, I am still putting it through its paces. It is the big brother to the Stanley 55-119 Fubar, which I have had for a few years. It is bigger, meaner, and much heavier at 4.5 pounds. It adds the claw type nail puller, similar to a regular hammer, which allows more versatility for pulling fasteners. The grip is identical to the 55-119, which I love: Great contour, no slip, and a great feel...

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With a little wooing, a true sweetheart #62

With a little wooing, a true sweetheart #62

11-10-2010 12:12 AM by JohnKaye | 3 comments »

I recently urgently needed a plane that would flatten 18” wide maple that tiger, ambrosia, spalting, some other undefined figure. My Stanley No. 7 was on a real tear(out) even with blade sharpening and Lee Valley couldn’t deliver the same day, especially on Sunday. So I went to my local Woodcraft and a No. 7 Lie Nielsen looked good except my discount coupon would not apply. Given I had a fully refundable trial period I opted for the #62. (Yes I read the reviews). In short, the pla...

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Stanley Sweetheart Low Angle Block Plane

Stanley Sweetheart Low Angle Block Plane

09-29-2010 02:52 AM by David Craig | 9 comments »

I am a newbie when it comes to hand planes. I recently purchased a low cost Stanley 9 1/2, tuned it, and outfitted it with an A2 steel iron from Lee Valley. Total cost of time and effort was in the neighborhood of 60 dollars and a couple hours of my time. I have been checking on the costs of other plane offerings, and have been reading the reviews of the Sweetheart offerings with some interest. I have been mostly disappointed to find that the re-release of the Sweethearts were mostly negative...

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Save some money if you want to do alot of work.

Save some money if you want to do alot of work.

06-21-2010 01:33 AM by JBoss | 12 comments »

I had a tough time trying to figure out what rating to give this thing. Half way through truing the sole I was thinking 1 star was way too much, but when finished it makes great cuts. Pros: 1. Cheap. Twenty bucks won’t put a down payment on a Veritas or Lie-Nielson, but it let me walk out of the box store with this guy. 2. When tuned up it makes great shavings. Cuts like a dream through everything but end grain so far, the 25 degree bevel is not steep enough to handle end grain well or an...

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Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2

Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2

05-17-2010 10:11 PM by HighRockWoodworking | 20 comments »

I must say that when I first read about the Stanley’s Sweetheart line I was a bit apprehensive. When thinking of a Stanley I normally think of what your everyday box store carries or an old plane I might find at a garage sale and not a high end woodworking tool. I needed a new block plane and thought why not try the Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2. Out of the box the plane has a nice weight to it, feels good in your hand, and looks great. The thick A-2 iron cut better than I thought out ...

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